The Subtle Art of Trolling Trolling the web: a guide By Steve Spumante There are some individuals out there who don't just enjoy winding up people on newsgroups and bulletin boards - it's their sad lifestyle choice! Using every known disruptive trick in the book, these troublesome types don't go out to the pub, meet members of the opposite sex or enjoy life. They spend their time hunched over their computers trolling. Here's how they work: The object of this post is to bring together a definitive document to cover the phenomena of the Usenet Troll. What I want this document to focus on is how to create entertaining trolls. Section 1: What Is A Troll? The WWW gives this as a definition: troll v. The well-constructed troll is a post that induces lots of newbies and flamers to make themselves look even more clueless than they already do, while subtly conveying to the more savvy and experienced that it is in fact a deliberate troll. If you don't fall for the joke, you get to be in on it. Section 2: Design Issues
Web Design for Developers Low Poly Mask by kongorilla I'm going to say something your friends have been afraid to tell you: You could stand to lose a few polygons. Here's a blank canvas for the new you. Or your Halloween costume. Or maybe your audition for store mannequin. Or your general purpose anonymity needs. Sometime in the future I hope to make a full head version, but I wanted to post what I've gotten done so far in case someone could use it for Halloween 2012. I'm going to make a mask with dark paper, and use glow-in-the-dark tape to highlight the edges - I'll be Wireframe Man! EDIT: Since originally posting this, I've seen comments by people stating they intend to make the make the mask using materials other than paper. EDIT: 10/31/12 - Thanks for all the email messages, comments and photos I've been getting! The mask comes in two flavors: "black lines" and "faint lines", which has light blue lines, giving a cleaner look to the final product when used on white paper. Print the mask on stiff cardstock or bristol.
12 Useful Web Tools for Designers When it comes to design, there’s a plethora of free web-based tools to help you accomplish tasks such as color palette selection, creating unique fonts, editing images, and testing typography. In this article, you’ll find a bunch of handy online utilities for designers. kuler Create kuler is a web-based application by Adobe that helps you create and share color themes. pixlr pixlr is a web-based image editor with a Photoshop-like user interface; pixlr has similar features like layers, filters, and even a Clone Stamp tool. Wellstyled Color Scheme Generator Wellstyled’s Color Scheme Generator is a simple web tool that helps designers produce color themes. FontStruct FontStruct is a web-based tool created by font retailer FontShop for creating, editing, and sharing fonts. Typetester Typetester allows you to test, tweak, and compare screen typography. TypeNavigator TypeNavigator is a very clever web tool that can help designers identify typefaces. Dummy Text Generator BGPatterns Dabbleboard PicMarkr
Preparations For a Web Design Project There are several stages during the process of a web design project, and every stage is important to achieve a positive end result. In order to proceed to the research phase, you need to gather information and know what the project is about, which technology is required, the target audience, goals, content, etc. There are great articles out there explaining theory aspects of a web design process, stages, and how you should proceed. Do you ever felt curious about how other designers build their web sites? Every professional designer or developer work in different ways, however, the goal is to give you good insights about how you can prepare and deal with some practical aspects of a web design project. The points that you will read about are: Folder StructureInspirationWireframes/StructurePSDLayersTools Folder Structure I like to have my folders named correctly and everything separated. Site – Everything related to the web site implementation. PSD – It is pretty self-explanatory. Inspiration
Painis. 12 Portable Apps for Web Designers A web designer must always have his or her tools handy. Of course, that is most often the case when you’re working from home or from an office where you have your own work computer. But if you are constantly on the move or are doing a lot of demonstrations to your customers at their place of business, you’ll need to carry your programs with you. Scenarios That Benefit the Use of Portable Apps Most designers just carry their laptop with them. In addition, there are those unfortunate times when your computer crashes and breaks with all the data on it and no ways to retrieve it. In those cases, a good backup (or even primary) solution is to carry your own toolset on a portable flash/USB drive. The Feasibility of Using Portable Apps There are a lot of great applications for web designers that will work without needing any installation, and they make an excellent choice for a portable USB drive. Here are some of the best portable apps for web designers that are a must-have. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 7. 8. 9.
DIY Website Options: What You Need To Know » The ClickStarter You need a website to take your business online, but I’m guessing that you aren’t a computer science PhD or programmer. Because of that, technology choices for a website isn’t something that you would know about. This guide should help you figure that out. This is the definitive guide to making a decision on your website’s publishing platform. What Are Your Goals and Budget? The first step is to go back and review your goals and budget. Looking at the graph above, you can see that there is a point of diminishing returns for DIY websites. So if you’re intending on building blog or website, this guide is for you. Options for Building A DIY Website There are 3 main options for creating a website on your own. Self-hosted HTML website A website like this is created on your computer with software like Dreamweaver. Unless you are only planning to have a 2-page website, I don’t recommend this route because it’s all very manual. Self-hosted website with CMS Hosted Website Builders Key Takeaway P.S.